Anti-Trump billboard leads to death threats

Karen Fiorito's billboard (Karen Fiorito/Twitter)
Karen Fiorito's billboard (Karen Fiorito/Twitter)

An artist who made a billboard featuring Donald Trump flanked by swastika dollar signs and nuclear explosions says she's received death threats.

California-based Karen Fiorito was commissioned by an art gallery in Phoenix, Arizona to make a billboard art piece commenting on the Trump administration, reports the Arizona Republic.

Fiorito, who attended Arizona University, told the paper she knew what she had in mind would stir up controversy.

"I've been called a communist, a Satan worshiper. I've been told I'm a 'very, very sick person'. I'm not sure what that means.

"I haven't been answering the phone. My husband has because he's not afraid to talk to anyone, but he told me he received a couple death threats this morning. ... He said, 'They were coming to get us with their boys.' "

In addition to being linked with Nazism and nuclear war, Mr Trump is depicted wearing a Russian lapel pin.

It's not the first time she's been threatened. While she prefers billboards to museums, because they get her art in front of people who would otherwise never see it, some of those people really don't appreciate it.

"I've had people tell me they're going to come rape me and kill me."

In 2004, as a graduate art student, she took aim at then-President George W Bush and his team, including Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, over the "lies" they told to justify the previous year's invasion of Iraq.